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Rio starts flu vaccination campaign | Rio de Janeiro

Super Carioca Vaccination Center, in Botafogo, is one of the flu immunization hubsEdu Kapps / Municipal Health Department

Published 03/21/2024 11:54

Rio – Rio City Hall began, this Thursday (21), the annual flu vaccination campaign. The vaccine will be available in all 238 Primary Care units (municipal health centers and family clinics) and, at this point, is only dedicated to people in priority groups – comorbidities and other cases. There is still no forecast of when immunization will be released to the entire population.

According to the municipal secretary of Health, Daniel Soranz, the vaccine is updated to protect against the main strains of the virus: Influenza A and B, H1N1 and H3N2. The vaccine is a single dose and applied annually, meaning anyone who was vaccinated last year needs to take a new dose in 2024.

In an interview with DAY, Soranz explained that the epidemiological situation in Rio is changing. While dengue cases are decreasing, influenza cases are growing.

“The number of Influenza cases is increasing and is becoming our main concern. We have already had a peak of more than 2,500 dengue cases in a single day and, at this moment, this number is decreasing very quickly. This is changing the profile epidemiological analysis for these cases of flu”, commented Soranz, who added: “Remembering that flu is the disease that kills the most and causes the most hospitalization in Brazil, so it is very important to be aware of this and start vaccination.”

Soranz also stated that the Secretariat’s planning foresees that if dengue cases continue to decrease, the centers will begin to be closed, causing the workforce to be directed to flu care. Despite this, he highlighted that the municipality continues with the dengue vaccination campaign, benefiting children and adolescents.

“Normally flu cases are higher in the winter months, so starting vaccination now is a way to even anticipate this peak. That’s why it’s very important that everyone gets vaccinated as quickly as possible”, reinforced the secretary.

To get vaccinated, simply show up with an identification document and vaccination booklet, as well as proof of classification as a priority group. Primary Care units are open from Monday to Friday, from 8am to 5pm, and on Saturdays, from 8am to 12pm.

The Carioca Super Vaccination Center, in the Rocha Maia Municipal Hospital complex, in Botafogo, South Zone, and the Carioca Super Vaccination Center, at Park Shopping Campo Grande, in the West Zone, are open from Sunday to Sunday, from 8am to 10pm .

The D-Day of mobilization for the vaccine will take place on April 13, when SMS will carry out publicity and awareness actions throughout the city. The goal is to immunize more than 1.5 million Rio residents, which represents 90% of the target population.

See who the priority groups are

Priority groups are people aged 60 and over; children aged six months to 5 years; pregnant women at any gestational age; health workers; primary and higher education teachers in public and private schools; indigenous and quilombola peoples; among other groups.

People with comorbidities are also part of this preferential audience and will be able to present a self-declaration of their clinical condition. The complete list of people who are part of the priority groups can be accessed at city ​​hall website.

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